Heavy rains and lots of snow so far this year have Winnipeg approaching a record for annual precipitation.

Environment Canada added up all of the moisture from rain and snow and got a total of 710 millimetres. A check on the record books shows the amount is noteworthy.

"When you add all of those millimetres of moisture together in the whole year, right now we are the fourth wettest year ever," John Sauder, CBC Manitoba's meteorologist, said Friday.

Sauder said Winnipeg only needs an additional 14 millimetres of precipitation to break the existing record, set in 1962.

And it's likely the city will get those millimetres, since a lot of snow can fall in the five weeks left in the year, he said.